Is fiction writing something you'd like to do, but you're having trouble getting your words out and onto that computer screen? Try these three ways to find your muse.
Most writers will tell you that reading is a major part of their lives. If you haven't read much in your life, but you want to write fiction, it's never too late to read more. If you want to write science fiction, for example, it's important that you read science fiction. However, don't limit your reading just to your genre. Read widely and read often to find your muse and to become the best writer you can be.
2. Write Regularly
In order to find your muse and get your thoughts out regularly, you need to make writing a practice. That's hard to do if you don't write every day, or at least every other day. The way I do it is by word count. You may want to try it. Choose a word count that will work comfortably for you on a daily basis, but don't bite off more than you can chew. Shoot for something manageable like 300 to 400 words a day, to start. You can always raise the word count, or not. It's perfectly okay to stick to a small daily word count. Even if you were to write only 100 words a day, you'd have a novella of 36,500 words by the end of one year.
3. Join a Writers' Group
Writing is often a solo experience, and that can get lonely. Writers' groups not only give you the opportunity to communicate with other writers, but they also offer people who are willing to critique your work, and, they are excellent learning tools. Writers' groups can take place online, and they can happen in person. Each type has its place. You simply need to decide what works best for you.
I've found the Writers' Cafe at Kboards to be an invaluable resource. I've also joined smaller groups for indie authors. However, let me caution you. There are MANY authors in these groups who are either whiners, complainers, or both. If you find you're spending lots of time arguing with authors or enduring incessant whining, lurk OR leave. (At a public board like Kboards, for example, you can lurk and still get any important information you'll need.) REMEMBER: Busy authors can't afford to waste time.
|c/o Cynthia Armistead|
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